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Address: 407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
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Fun speakeasy

Nice speakeasy themed bar. All the cocktails are named after famous literary characters, which is a nice touch. Lots of comfortable seating because the bouncer limits how many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
MLFRTR
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small...cozy...quaint...intimate! Enjoyed drinks to end the evening! Staff is excellent - friendly and helpful!

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Thank AngCrab
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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225 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Also recommended by folks on the plane. Easy to find, despite its hidden status and it was pretty busy inside. I was a bit disappointed atmosphere wise- too bright and loud. They need to darken the ceiling and get rid of the pop music. It doesn't fit at all with the style of the place. They have an extensive drink... More 

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Thank valzebub
Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

You open an unmarked sliding door in the Oliver Hotel, or look for the red light above an unmarked door down a back alley, and you are in the Peter Kern "Library". It is small and cozy, drinks are well made and pricy. A great place to have drink before or after dinner. It can get crowded especially on weekends,... More 

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Thank TjttTraveller
Knoxville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an evening in Market Square that ended at the Library. Took work colleagues from Alabama for a drink to end our evening. Service was excellent and you can't beat the atmosphere. Nice place to have conversation and relax with friends. Drinks were delicious and there is a full bar.

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Thank Kim B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I thought they had a good selection of alcohol. The location seems cool if you enter through the ally way. I'd definitely go back there.

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Thank Washingtonsteven
Columbia, Missouri
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136 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a classic speakeasy. You enter through the alley, through the door under the red light. You go down a non-descriptive hall, then pick the first door on your left and you are transported into the 1920's. This is a mixology type of a place, you must try one of their special drinks, which you pick from a list... More 

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Thank Nick P
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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95 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice speakeasy themed bar. All the cocktails are named after famous literary characters, which is a nice touch. Lots of comfortable seating because the bouncer limits how many people come in so it does not get overcrowded.

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Thank MLFRTR
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I was with friends and wanted to show them the speakeasy. I guess I slid the door open to fast. It was an accident. This nasty bartender was immediately in my face being very rude and said we could not come in like that. I apologized, but he was really nasty and wouldn't even let us come in. Very rude... More 

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Thank Julia Whipple
ethanorley, General Manager at Peter Kern Library, responded to this review

Hi Julia, Good afternoon. I'm so very sorry to hear this happened to you! Please accept our deepest of apologies! This by no means reflects the way we treat our guests and this is absolutely inexcusable and appalling! We strive for guests in our establishment to have an amazing, memorable experience every time they join us! We feel devastated that... More 

Durham, NC
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139 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This speak easy pub is right out of the 40's with a classic feel of comfy chairs and well thought out classic and new age drinks. The side entrance makes one feel like they are entering a secret pub to enjoy a drink during the Prohibition movement. The trained mixologist greets you like a long standing member and friend and... More 

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Thank BRSIMPSON
Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This very small speakeasy-style bar in Market Square has a door signified only by a red light in an alley near the Oliver Hotel. They offer traditional drinks, and a decent selection of Scotch, Bourbon, and other liquors, although the prices were a little higher than usual. I like the secret / hidden / unmarked doors of the new speakeasy... More 

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